Building the Next Generation of Driving Simulator
In April 2021, Serious Labs was selected out of 17 simulation companies to develop a virtual reality simulator for commercial vehicles. Our government partners have pledged $7,300,000 toward the development of the simulator, recognizing its potential to address key transportation challenges – such as driver shortages, road safety, and the costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with in-cab training.
- To ensure a product that is “by industry, for industry” we’re working closely with the experts at the Alberta Motor Transport Association along with leading carriers and driving schools. We gratefully acknowledge the funding support of Alberta Transportation, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), Transport Canada, and the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).
- Four of the 13 project milestones have been completed, with a pilot launch projected for late 2023. We invite industry partners and investors to join us in creating the future of driver simulation, assessment, and training.
Rising to the Challenge
Current-generation commercial driving simulators suffer from drawbacks that limit their use, including high costs, bulkiness, obsolescence, and the rapid onset of simulator motion sickness (sometimes called “cybersickness”). Overcoming these challenges isn’t easy, but with nearly two decades of full-stack development experience in industrial simulation and training design, we’re up to the task.
In the first phase, beginning with the pilot in late 2023, the simulator will deliver all components of Canada’s Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) curriculum, including pre-trip inspections. It will also contain assessment and refresher training tools for commercial carriers, allowing them to evaluate, train, and upskill drivers at significantly reduced costs compared to current in-cab methods.
When we say “next-gen,” we mean it. Here are some of the benefits we’re building into the Serious Labs Commercial Vehicle VR Simulator: